Judaism 101 Stipend

Discover the foundations of Judaism and its treasury of 3,500 years' worth of wisdom
Watch Videos - Learn Jewish Ideas - Earn $100

Judaism 101 provides a broad overview of Jewish thought and insight. Course topics include Love and Relationships, Achieving Success, Gossip, Kabbalah, the History of Jerusalem, and Jewish Contributions to World Values.

Complete the series and fulfill the requirements, and you’ll get a $100 check*!

The courses are a great way to learn about interesting Jewish topics right from your own home. It doesn't hurt that you get paid to learn either! It's the best class I'm taking this semester by far!”
Alyssa Wolf, Indiana University
Jeursalem U gave me a whole new view on Judaism! I never thought learning Torah could be so fun and interesting! One of the best classes I have ever taken!”
Lazer Gerlikhman, Rutgers University
JU opened my eyes to how deep Judaism really is. Before the course, it was just about holidays and traditions. Now I realize how much more its really about.”
Matt Guenther, Tulane University
The wisdom and understanding I attained is worth more than any amount of money.”
Elishay Eliezer, Rutgers University

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A candid, captivating and humorous discussion about love and relationships. This class offers an in-depth look into the role of love and relationships in Judaism. Transform the way you appreciate yourself and your current or prospective partner with these important lessons on Judaism and love.     


What is the secret to success? Is success defined by money, prestige, education or power? This class offers an alternative model of true success. You will learn how to reevaluate what is truly important and set practical goals for achieving personal success.


In this class, M.I.T. scientist Dr. Gerald Schroeder will take you on a journey of science and ancient wisdom, reconciling The Big Bang Theory and the Bible.


 Are you a pleasure-seeker? Do you want to feel good, and experience more pleasure on a daily basis? This class will offer you some of the secrets to discovering the real joys in life.


What are your beliefs based on? This class challenges the notion of moral relativism and encourages course participants to question the basis of their own system of beliefs.


What makes Jerusalem so important? This class offers students observations and a discussion on the rich history and the controversial politics that surround this small yet captivating city. You will journey through time to discover Jerusalem’s historical side and experience the sights and sounds of the modern day city.


 In this thought-provoking video presentation, Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser and Rabbi Moshe Zeldman explain what it means to say that “God is infinite” and offer practical ways to relate to an infinite God on a daily basis.


What does Judaism have to say about the destiny of mankind and the end of history? How does recent history and today's headlines match up to Biblical prophecy? Noted historian and world-renown speaker, R' Ken Spiro gives us a profound appreciation of the power of prophecy in world history.


Audio File: Today, Kabbalah is all the rage among celebrities. But what is the true essence of Jewish Kabbalah? In this class you will explore the roots of Kabbalah and learn how to understand the messages that the world is sending your way.


Audio File: What has Judaism contributed to world values? From the time that Abraham welcomed guests into his tent, Jewish values have played a critical role in shaping the global code of ethics.  This class evaluates the impact that Jewish values have had on the creation of a global value system.


Audio File: Have you ever heard the saying, "Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you?" Is there truth to this statement? This class explores the power of words. Based on Jewish laws pertaining to gossip, you will learn how words are internalized and impact the way that you listen and speak.

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Dr. Gerald Schroeder is a scientist with over thirty years of experience in research and teaching. He earned his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Schroeder has authored numerous books fusing modern science with ancient biblical commentary, including works such as Genesis and The Big Bang and The Science of God.


Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser received his B.A. from the University of California in Santa Barbra and moved to Israel in 1991. Six years later, he received rabbinical ordination. He currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children studying, teaching, and playing music to help others develop a closer relationship with God, what he calls "transformational education."


Lori Palatnik is an author and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio. She has lectured in North America, the U.K., South Africa and Israel. Focused on illuminating traditional practices and life-styles in the contemporary world, Lori has authored numerous books about Shabbat, Jewish concepts of soul and afterlife and gossip. She currently lives in Washington, DC, where she is the Executive Director of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project.


Rabbi Ken Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and pursued his graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He also received an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University. Rabbi Spiro is licensed by the Israel Ministry of Tourism as a tour guide. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including B.B.C. Radio and TV and The National Geographic Channel.


Rabbi Tzvi Gluckin served in the Israeli Army and has a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Noah Weinberg in Jerusalem. In addition to authoring two books, Rabbi Gluckin has lectured on a variety of topics, integrating his unique background and experience to deliver thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking lessons.


Rabbi Chaim Levine studied anthropology and philosophy at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. He received rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem, and spent two and a half years building Aish HaTorah in Boston. Rabbi Levine also served as Executive Director of Aish’s largest branch in Toronto for two years.


Rabbi Raphael Shore is the founder and CEO of Jerusalem U. Shore produced the 2010 documentary Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus and the newest PBS film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. Shore also founded and is the CEO of the Clarion Fund, producing its groundbreaking documentary films, includingObsession: Radical Islam's War against the WestThe Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America, and Iranium. CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and other leading media organizations have interviewed him and featured his films. Shore previously served as COO of the Jewish outreach organization Aish HaTorah. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Shore and his family now live in Jerusalem.


Rebecca Shore is an artist and educator who focuses on relationships, gender differences and the role of women in Judaism. She specializes in Jewish children's artwork, which combines her passion for Judaism with her flair for colorful, enchanting visual design. A native of New York, Rebecca now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children.


Rabbi David Aaron is the founder of Isralight, an international organization that offers retreats, workshops, leadership training, trips and missions to Israel. He received rabbinical ordination from the Israel Torah Research Institute in 1979. Rabbi Aaron is the author of several best selling books and has appeared on international radio and TV programs, including Larry King Live and E! Entertainment.


Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of Blessed Memory, is considered the "founding father" of today's Jewish spiritual outreach movement for his efforts in establishing a global network of educational outreach programs for unaffiliated Jewish men and women. Through his activities at Aish HaTorah, Rabbi Weinberg has influenced tens of thousands of college-age students to explore their Jewish heritage. His audio series and books focus on how to build a positive relationship with God and how to achieve happiness through Judaism.


Rabbi Moshe Zeldman received his undergraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy from the University of Toronto and his rabbinical ordination in Israel. He lectures on a variety of topics and is involved in researching hidden codes in the Bible. Rabbi Zeldman currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and five children.

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* Requirements

Attain an 80% on the series exams. (Sorry, but we do need to make sure you watched the videos!)

Attend 1-2 live events coordinated by Jerusalem U. Live events may include participation in an event on campus or a live interactive webinar

Complete entire series within 6 weeks of the start date.

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